The procession started with a funeral service at United Church of Zambia St Margret’s with hundreds of mourners turning out to pay their last respects.
Martin Bwalya, 40, Sylvia Silungwe, 44, and Mildred Kachinda, 39, were the three accident victims from Kitwe.
Minister of Mines and Mineral Development Richard Musukwa who represented government said the loss of lives through an accident was painful and a loss to government.
He said the deceased had contributed greatly to the country’s economic growth with their business activities that also promoted cross border trade.
“We offer our condolences as government, I want to urge all of you to ensure that as we take the remains of our colleagues to their final resting place, let’s mourn our dear colleagues in dignity,” he said.
“Cross Border Traders, the skills and business entrepreneurship which our sisters and brothers were engaged in is a means to promote food security at family level. As government we have put in strategies to promote small scale business enterprise to grow and ensure there is food security in our homes.”
The three have since been put to rest at Chingola Road Cemetery.
President Edgar Lungu declared a day of National Mourning for the deceased with the Lusaka funeral graced by acting President Inonge Wina.